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Expectationless, Feb 19, 2015 Thursday

Current Mantra: Today is the Day — Danielle Sidell

Jottings:It’s a go for the Kortelopet!. The slight nagging cold seems to have become a non issue, so I really can’t think of any reason to not.

I’m not a proficient skier. I haven’t put in much work; the longest I’ve skate skied is 11.3 miles. I have have zero expectations for the Korte. I’m going in blind nello with absolutely no tricks up my sleeve.

But you have start somewhere. I started this journey on a whim with a simple thought. I want to learn how to skate ski. So I signed up for the Korte last summer to serve as both my carrot and stick. Right now, it seems more like a stick, but once it’s done it will be a sweet tasty carrot.

I’m certain that my inaugural will be nothing short of spectacular. In North America this is the New York or Boston Marathon of skiing, and I get to be a part of it. How many get to say that in a life time?

Training/Practice: Clean from squat jerk 7 rounds on 90 sec intervals warm up 105,105,165,165,165,165,165,165,175. Maintained good form

WOD: 4 rounds 3 mins 1 min rest: 10 overhead squat 95, 20 push-ups, max effort wall balls. Score total wall balls: 29,27,20,20 = 96

Sleep: from: 8:30 PM to: 6:15 AM Not the best.

* 6:30 AM Coffee
* 7:40 AM couple slices a salami
* 10:15 AM tomato cabbage & meatballs
* 12:00 PM Snack on salami
* 12:45 PM snack on nuts based trail mix w/dates & 100% chocolate
* 3:00 PM Chicken thighs and raw broccoli salad
* 6:45 PM Couple more chicken thighs raw broccoli salad & trail mix

Ski or Not

Ski or Not?

Feb 18 2015 Wednesday

Current Mantra: Today is the Day — Danielle Sidell

Jottings: Made it back to the gym and trained yesterday. I’m still not feeling 100% and need to make the Korte call soon. Tonight I will need to waxing the skis and gather up my gear. High temperature in Hayward for Saturday appears to be a favorable 17 degrees and overcast, so the snow should hold up well.

I’m honestly not very jazzed about this. I’m interested in the spectacle, but not so hot for the actual skiing part. This is probably because I’m horrible under prepared. I started out the season only casually interested in learning more about this sport, and I would say my skills are weak.

Training/Practice: 4:30 PM Power Cleans/Power Jerk on 7 by 1 minute intervals. Few warm up 95,95,135,135,155,155,175,175,185,175,175 Pressed out 185 so I backed off.

WOD: 14 minutes: 60 cal row, 50 toes to bar, 40 wall balls (20), 30 power cleans (135) 20 muscle up (No danger of getting here) Got 172 or through 22 power cleans.

Thought for Today

Sleep: from: 8:30 PM to: 5:45 AM Much better sleep last night.

6:00 AM coffee
8:45 AM toasted eggplant & chicken. & nuts based trail mix w/dates & 100% chocolate
12:45 PM Tomato cabbage w/meatballs
2:45 PM nuts based trail mix w/dates & 100% chocolate
6:30 PM raw broccoli salad with grilled tuna. 1/2 chocolate chip & 1/2 snickerdoodle cookie

Feb 7, Saturday

Current Mantra: Be the hero of your own movie. —Joe Rogan

Notes: Some mornings I feel like a crinkled up piece of paper being flattened back out. This morning is one to those. I didn’t get the soundest sleep, which I think for me means I need a training break, but resting is hard especially on the weekend.

Weekends are the time when endurance guy clashes with weight lifting guy. Typically endurance folks go long on the weekends and recovery a bit during the week. Weight lifting guy goes heavy on Monday. These two things are diametrically opposed.

No CrossFit Yesterday; I went cross country skiing instead. The Kortelopet 23K is just a few weeks away now. Feb 21st. I signed up for this on a whim because I wanted to learn to ski, and bonus, I get new to buy new toys & learn new skills.

With a short break in the middle, I’ve lived in Wisconsin for 10 plus years, yet I hadn’t embraced cross country skiing. I’m still in the ‘fake it until you make it’ period, and I fear that it may be a couple seasons before I finally hit ‘make it’. Since this is my first season skate skiing, the goal is first survival and secondly to enjoy the experience. Who know Skate skiing could be so taxing; I’m horribly undertrained for this one and have poor technique.

Picture a bike race where everyone’s racing around on fancy road bikes. Then picture me. I’m that guy on the mountain with under inflated tires struggling to keep up. Yesterday I skied Lamphan Peak about 6.4 miles in about 1:15. I stayed on the greens and blue trails.

After skiing, I took Emma and Bodie for a short walk. Then Bodie, the puppy, and I went back our for another 2.5 mile trudge on the trails and through the snow.

Thought for Today I got nothing.

Sleep: from: 8:30 PM to: 7:00 AM. Not totally great sleep and I had a wake up period but thankfully I was able to sleep in a little this morning.

* 10:30 AM Red onion cabbage and a brat, spaghetti squash, some ginger eggplant and a couple boiled shrimp & a couple handfuls of Nut trail mix.
* 10:45 AM Finished up the trail mix. (God damn trigger food)
* 3:30 PM Raw Broccoli salad with smoked salmon.
* 5:45 PM Juice from a coconut & banana snacked on raw coconut
* 7:00 PM Paprika tomato cabbage.
* 8:00 PM chopped up some brisket with some oven dried tomatoes
* 8:15 PM Snack of coco nibs slivered almonds and dried dates

I seem to have had a case of the evening munchies yesterday.